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Useful Tropical Plants

Napoleonaea imperialis

P.Beauv.

Lecythidaceae

+ Synonyms

Belvisia caerulea Desv.

Napoleonaea alexanderi Baker f.

Napoleonaea cuspidate Miers

Napoleonaea mannii Miers

Napoleonaea miersii Hook.f.

Common Name: Napoleon's Hat

Napoleonaea imperialis
Flowers
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General Information

Napoleon's hat is a slow-growing, evergreen shrub or small tree with a dense, many-branched crown[
307
Title
Tropical and Subtropical Trees - A Worldwide Encyclopaedic Guide.
Publication
 
Author
Barwick. M.
Publisher
Thames & Hudson, London
Year
2004
ISBN
0-500-51181-0
Description
A superb book, very concise and well written, giving a wealth of information on 400 or more species including descriptions, habitat, cultivation details and plant uses. A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant vividly to life.
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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Description
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]. The tree branches from low down on the bole and can reach a height of up to 7 metres[
307
Title
Tropical and Subtropical Trees - A Worldwide Encyclopaedic Guide.
Publication
 
Author
Barwick. M.
Publisher
Thames & Hudson, London
Year
2004
ISBN
0-500-51181-0
Description
A superb book, very concise and well written, giving a wealth of information on 400 or more species including descriptions, habitat, cultivation details and plant uses. A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant vividly to life.
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The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use. The tree is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental, where it is valued mainly for its flowers.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

West tropical Africa - Benin to Gabon.

Habitat

An understorey tree in the rainforest[
307
Title
Tropical and Subtropical Trees - A Worldwide Encyclopaedic Guide.
Publication
 
Author
Barwick. M.
Publisher
Thames & Hudson, London
Year
2004
ISBN
0-500-51181-0
Description
A superb book, very concise and well written, giving a wealth of information on 400 or more species including descriptions, habitat, cultivation details and plant uses. A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant vividly to life.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height7.00 m
Growth RateSlow
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A tree of the moist, lowland tropics.
Prefers a position in dappled shade in a rich, moist, acid soil[
307
Title
Tropical and Subtropical Trees - A Worldwide Encyclopaedic Guide.
Publication
 
Author
Barwick. M.
Publisher
Thames & Hudson, London
Year
2004
ISBN
0-500-51181-0
Description
A superb book, very concise and well written, giving a wealth of information on 400 or more species including descriptions, habitat, cultivation details and plant uses. A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant vividly to life.
].
The flowers are produced in the axils of older leaves and on old wood[
307
Title
Tropical and Subtropical Trees - A Worldwide Encyclopaedic Guide.
Publication
 
Author
Barwick. M.
Publisher
Thames & Hudson, London
Year
2004
ISBN
0-500-51181-0
Description
A superb book, very concise and well written, giving a wealth of information on 400 or more species including descriptions, habitat, cultivation details and plant uses. A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant vividly to life.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit[
307
Title
Tropical and Subtropical Trees - A Worldwide Encyclopaedic Guide.
Publication
 
Author
Barwick. M.
Publisher
Thames & Hudson, London
Year
2004
ISBN
0-500-51181-0
Description
A superb book, very concise and well written, giving a wealth of information on 400 or more species including descriptions, habitat, cultivation details and plant uses. A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant vividly to life.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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